Tua Manages to Get the Better of Patriots in Rare Win for Rookie QB Against Belichick

Published 12/20/2020, 5:22 PM EST
Nov 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Tua Tagovailoa led the Miami Dolphins to a big win over the Bill Belichick-led New England Patriots on Sunday. With the Dolphins now 9-5, and 2nd in the NFC East, the team from Miami has a decent chance of making it to the postseason. Meanwhile, for Belichick’s Patriots, this is their first season since 2008 that they failed to make it into the Playoffs.

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Tua Tagovailoa ends Belichick’s dominance over rookie quarterbacks

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Tua’s win is quite a rare feat. Tua Tagovailoa became only the second ever rookie quarterback in history to get the better of Belichick and his Patriots.

The first rookie to do it was Geno Smith back in 2013. 7 years in between, no rookie QB has managed to get the better of coach Belichick. A sign, perhaps, that the Patriots dynasty is finally coming to an end. 

While Tua failed to get a touchdown, his teammates did enough to see out the Patriots. Thus crushing the Patriots’ ambitions of making it to the playoffs. 

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2020 was the year of transition for the New England Patriots. A year when they finally moved on from veteran quarterback Tom Brady. The Patriots decided to go with former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton as their starting QB.

Unfortunately, for the Patriots, the transition has not been smooth. Falling to a 6-8 record, the thought of not seeing Belichick’s Patriots in the playoffs is unimaginable.

The Patriots have enjoyed major success under coach Belichick and Tom Brady, but now the Brady-less Patriots’ dynasty is starting to fall apart. 

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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